This is only a sampling of the many organizations providing resource materials and support for teachers.



Recommended by Delta Kappa Pi, the following picture books promote character and global understanding, along with country or culture addressed. (See reference under Adult Books and Articles.)


Buffalo Woman  by P. Gobel (Native American –persistence, courage, love, care for environment)

A Carp for Kimiko  by V. Kroll (Japan-respect for tradition, persistence, independence)

The Day Gogo Went to Vote  by E.B. Sisulu (South Africa –determination, citizenship, responsibility)

The Empty Pot by Demi (China –honesty, courage, trustworthiness)

Fire on the Mountain  by J.Kurtz (Ethiopia –courage, personal integrity, endurance, optimism)

The Fisherman and His Wife  by R. Wells (Norway –avoiding greed, giving, self-management)

Koi and the Kola Nuts  by V. Aardema (Liberia – independence, courage, generosity, work ethic)

The Princess and the Beggar  by A.S. O’Brien (Korea –empathy, honor, courage, respect, tolerance)

Building Bridges for Young Learners Pre K-4 www.peacecorps.gov/wws


Folk Tales: Stories from Peace Corps Countries Around the World – can be read and listened to online by all ages www.peacecorps.gov/wws

Looking At Ourselves and Others  – challenges students to define culture, recognize differences in perception among cultures and question assumptions. Activities vary in age appropriateness –from gr. 3-12. www.peacecorps.gov/wws



Building Bridges: A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross Cultural Understanding Gr 6-12 www.peacecorps.gov/wws

Culture Matters: The Peace Corps Cross-Cultural Workbook.     Designed for PC volunteers, but can be used at the high school level as well. Chapters can be downloaded as pdfs. www.peacecorps.gov/wws

Creating a World Fit for Children: Understanding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child   by Catherine Rutgers. International Debate Education Assn., 2011 www.idebate.org/store    www.unicef.org/crc/  click on “Understanding the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the left column.  Also available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The Hidden Crisis: Armed Conflict and Education    UNESCO’s Education For All Global Monitoring Report 2011.   Can be had in whole or summary form www.efareport.unesco.org

Kappa Delta Pi Record, Vol. 45, Number 2, Winter, 2009   “Thinking Globally When Teaching Locally”   —   Articles include those listed above, plus “Linking Character Education and Global Understanding Through Children’s Picture Books”, “A Fresh Approach to Alternative Education: Using Malls to Reach At-Risk Youth”, “Managing Confrontations Safely and Effectively”, and “Integrating Physical Activity into Academic Pursuits”. www.kdp.org/teachingresources

UN Chronicle Vol. XLVII Number 3, 2010 “What is the UN Academic Impact?”   A complete issue of the UN Chronicle, devoted to the UN initiative to empower worldwide institutions of higher learning to commit to global education, and to create a dialogue bringing their ideas into the UN system. Covers such topics as Unlearning Intolerance Through Education, Can Education be Made Mobile? National Identity and Minority Languages, Education to Promote Sustainability, Educating Women, and Reducing Poverty through Education. Available at the UN Bookstore.


NY Times articles:

“Many of India’s Poor Turn to Private Schools”  by Vikas Bajaj and Jim Yardley -Dec. 30, 2011

“The Value of Teachers”  by Nicholas D.  Kristof – Jan. 11, 2012

“Young US. Citizens in Mexico Brave Risks for American Schools”  by Patricia Leigh Brown”- Jan. 16, 2012

“A Boost for the World’s Poorest Schools”   describes Save the Children’s Literacy Boost Program  by Tina Rosenberg – Jan.19, 2012

“How Mrs. Grady Transformed Olly Neal”  by Nicholas D. Kristof – Jan. 21, 2012

“The 21st Century Education”  by Lawrence H. Summers – Jan. 22, 2012

“Average is Over”  by Thomas Friedman – Jan 24, 2012

“Teaching Tibetan Ways: A School in China is an Unlikely Wonder”  by Dan Levin – Jan.27, 2012

“Born to Not Get Bullied”  –  Lady Gaga wants to put an end to bullying, which is both a human rights abuse and a hindrance to education.  By Nicholas D. Kristof,   OpEd Column March 1, 2012



Uncommon Journeys: Peace Corps Adventures Across Cultures; Voices From the Field;  Crossing Cultures.    All three include essays and stories providing an insider’s grasp of what it’s like to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer, followed by curriculum units related to the stories Gr.6-12 www.peacecorps.gov/wws



Beyond a Thousand and One Nights: A Sampler of Literature from Muslim Civilization.

This is a curriculum unit that uses literature and art to explore contributions of Muslim peoples throughout history. Teachers can download, free of charge, three chapters for classroom use. Available from the Council on Islamic Education www.cie.org , recently expanded as the Institute for Religious and Civic Values www.ircv.org which advocates for religious liberty, pluralism and literacy. Many materials for teaching about Islam are available on both sites.


Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

The complete document, adopted by the UN General Assembly 20 November 1989, and put into force 2 September 1990.  Available from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights http://www2.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx  See also www.teachunicef.org which has units on the CRC for different age  levels, in addition to a great number of other units on global issues which can be customized to appropriate ages www.teachunicef.org/explore/topic


Curriculum 21: Mapping the Global Classroom and the Future.

This is a wonderful website offering online professional development for upgrading curriculum and skills for the 21st Century www.curriculum21.com  founded by Heidi Hayes Jacobs,  executive director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute and recognized authority in curriculum development, as well as a dynamic speaker.  See her presentation video “Education in a Global Age” on the Asia Society website www.asiasociety.org/education/resources . You can also read her books Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World (ASCD), Jan. 2010, and Active Literacy Across the Curriculum: Strategies for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening which covers all subject areas K-12, both available at www.eyeoneducation.com


Cyberschoolbus:  A branch of the UN Department of Public Information. The Cyberschoolbus  provides lesson plans, games and ideas for projects that emphasize social responsibility on global issues. Through the site, classrooms from around the world can work collaboratively on these projects. Includes links to UN documents and much more. www.un.org/cyberschoolbus



Works with local governments, vendors, universities and communities to effect systemic educational transformation in 5 areas: policy change, curriculum standards and assessment, sustained professional development, proliferation of information communications technology, and research and evaluation. Their IntelTeach Program helps teachers integrate technology into their classrooms, promoting problem solving, critical thinking and collaborative skills, especially in the areas of science, engineering and math. They have trained some 10,000,000 teachers in 70 countries, including in the US. www.intel.com/education


International Education and Resource Network (I Earn)

A K-12 online network that enables young people to use the Internet to engage in collaborative educational projects designed to affect the quality of life on the planet. Teachers and students enter online forums to join existing Internet-based projects, or work with others internationally to facilitate their own projects. All projects involve an end product or exhibition.  These have included magazines, creative writing anthologies, websites, letter-writing campaigns, reports to govt. officials, art exhibits, performances, fundraising, tree planting and more. They also provide project books, and handbooks with suggestions for getting started and conducting a workshop www.iearn.org


Metropolitan Museum of Art

In addition to images of more than 3500 objects from its collections, and a timeline of art history, the Met offers many programs, activities, workshops, and printed and electronic resources for teachers and students related to cultures past and present. One example is “Islamic Art and Geometric Design: Activities for Learning” which is wonderful for geometry classes for grades 6-12, enabling students to create intricate Islamic patterns and to understand the mathematical principles behind them www.metmuseum.org/learn/for-educators – use the search key.


The New York Times Learning Network

Ready–made lesson plans based on current NY Times articles. Each day, Mon.-Fri. the website posts a different feature article, supported by suggested activities for gr. 6-12. Monday – from the Week in Review, Tuesday – the Science Times, Wednesday – international news, Thursday – business or technology and Friday –the arts, including book reviews. Every other week, a different reporter from the Times answers questions from students. A special section for students offers daily summaries of pg.1 articles, a quiz and crossword puzzle that allow them to test their knowledge of current events, and a “Letters to the Editor“ section for students. In an effort to bring in more parent involvement, there is also a message board where parents can air their questions and opinions about education. http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com


Peace Corps World Wise Schools

They offer lesson plans K-12 by region, subject or grade level, and integrate global issues and cultural awareness into core content areas. They also provide podcasts, videos and slide shows, and a speakers program www.peacematch.org that will bring returned Peace Corps volunteers into the classroom. Publications can be purchased as paperbacks or downloaded in pdf format online. See titles under books. www.peacecorps.gov/wws/  then click on Teacher Resources


Public Television

THIRTEEN and 21 in the NY area have a number of resources for teachers, including their Celebration of Teaching and Learning, held annually in March at the NY Hilton, K-12 standards-based lesson plans, including projects such as Access Islam, Global History (many topics), and Hemingway and Cather, to name a few. Their professional development programs include over 100 courses pre K-12, and their National Teacher Training Institute (NTTI) trains teachers online in the use and management of emerging technologies. There is also News Hour Extra, which provides daily video lesson plans for students and teachers. www.wnet.org


Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE)

A program of Stanford University’s Institute for International Studies, SPICE specializes in teacher seminars focusing on contemporary issues in the context of culture and history. The site offers over 100 curriculum units on Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the global environment, and international political economy. Materials feature primary source images and texts, and are downloadable, free of charge. http://spice.stanford.edu


Teachers First: Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers

This is a collection of lessons, units and web resources, including a monthly planning calendar. If you click on a topic connected with a particular month, a whole list of sites will come up for teaching that topic. You can also select instruction units and lesson plans for all subjects and grade levels by key word search. www.teachersfirst.com


Visual Thesaurus

An online interactive dictionary and thesaurus that creates word map displays to include related words. Meanings are color coded to indicate parts of speech; includes antonyms, alternatives to spelling errors, and access to words in Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Unfortunately, use of the website is by monthly or yearly subscription. But there is a free 14- day trial, and they offer discounts to educational institutions. An online magazine, with features about language and the creative process accompanies each subscription. www.visualthesaurus.com




For the last decade, a Colombian librarian named Luis Soriano Borquez has been spending his Saturdays taking his vast collection of books to rural children in the mountains of Colombia on the back of a donkey, sometimes risking personal danger, in the conviction that educated children will say no to violence. This is a very inspiring short video.  https://youtube.com/watch?v=SpMvhVi7hDA  


World Affairs in Foreign Films: Getting the Global Picture  by Roberta Seret

The author is founder of International Cinema Education Inc., which, for more than 10 years, has held an international film festival at the United Nations. This book contains units based on 13 of those films covering 8 academic subjects: world history, geography, economics, government, world literature, media, creative writing and the arts. Some of the films include Osama, Tokyo Sonata, Tsotsi (Academy Award winner), Hotel Rwanda, Central Station, and March of the Penguins.

Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Inc., 2011. www.mcfarlandpub.com



A Legacy of Giving

Based in Austin, TX, Legacy works to empower children in grades 1-12, and across the economic spectrum, to become more engaged in improving their communities and their world through philanthropy education and youth philanthropy programs. Teachers are given a half day of training each semester. Students come together from 25 public schools and 10 faith-based schools (Catholic, Muslim and Jewish) twice a year for a Day of Service following their in-school work, which includes an introduction to philanthropy, social issue research and lessons on poverty or water insecurity. Last fall they collected coats and cans for the homeless on a grand scale, and this spring thousands will participate in a “Walk for the Water” which will raise funds to build a clean water system in Burundi. www.alegacyofgiving.org


Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI)

ACEI’s mission is to promote and support the optimal education and development of children worldwide, and to influence the professional growth of educators and the efforts of others who are committed to the needs of children in a changing society. ACEI has consultative status with the United Nations.  www.acei.org


Global Voices Initiative

A not-for-profit organization that uses the arts (specifically music and theatre) and Skype in the Classroom to foster cross-cultural understanding by connecting students in US middle and high school foreign language classes, including Arabic and Chinese, with their counterparts in other countries who are studying English. Each group writes a play in the language they are studying. It is then sent to the partner country where students perform it in their own language. www.globalvoicesinitiative.org


Harlem Children’s Zone

The brainchild of President and CEO Geoffrey Canada, a visionary advocate for educational reform, HCZ targets a specific geographic area covering 100 blocks and 10,000 children in Central Harlem. Their program, which includes pre-natal parenting workshops in the “Baby College,” combines educational, social and medical services for each child, from birth to college, creating a tight safety net over the whole neighborhood, through which virtually no child can slip. Their growth plan and results are available on their website www.hcz.org/issues


Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)

Education is especially critical for the tens of millions of children affected by armed conflict and natural disasters. When a child is in a safe learning environment, she/he is less likely to be exploited sexually or economically. INEE has a number of publications to address this issue, including a Minimum Standards Handbook, a Gender Pocket Guide, Guidance Notes on Teaching and Learning and a Reference Guide on External Education Financing. www.ineesite.org


Mentoring USA – Become a Mentor; Change a Life

Their mission is to create positive mentor relationships for youth aged 7-21 and sometimes beyond. Mentors are screened, given training workshops, and commit to a full school year, at least 4-6 hours a month. They work in a structured setting, sharing a site with other mentor/youth partners. Applications are online at www.mentoringusa.org


Miracle Corners of the World

A non-profit organization based in NY, with affiliates in Africa. Their mission is  “Local Change Through Global Exchange,” empowering youth to become positive agents of change in their communities. They offer leadership training and support partner initiatives, one of which enables container donations from the US of books, IT, sports equipment and medical supplies to be sent to Africa. www.miraclecorners.org


Partnership for Global Learning

A membership network of the Asia Society, they connect state and district decision makers, leadership teams, teachers and university faculty to increase the number of schools developing rigorous international studies curricula. They offer on-site training and afterschool professional development workshops for trainers and staff on global learning, an annual conference, and an on-line store for resource materials. www.asiasociety.org/issn (International Studies Schools Network)


Whole Child International    www.wholechild.org

An outreach initiative of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), Whole Child works on behalf of institutionalized children around the world, with caregivers in orphanages to bring up children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. Their pilot project, begun in 2006, is in Nicaragua. ASCD is a membership organization providing annual conferences, including a virtual conference, a blog, books, videos, and a newsletter with daily briefings on top stories in K-12 education, latest information on learning and instruction, and weekly updates on policy issues. See their online store at www.ascd.org